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Another Estate Sale Find

TimWK

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Picked this two weight at an estate sale the other week. Was told it didn’t work. While taking it apart I noticed that all the screws on the movement were loose. After cleaning the movement and reassembling the movement put it on my test stand and it worked fine. I cleaned the case and you can see how nice it is. The top & bottom finials were missing and I’m looking for suggestions as to what I should put there. Also, there was some writing on the back which indicates a date of 1888, but I don’t read German and would like it translated for me. Here are some pictures of what I Have.

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Hello Tim,

The case cleaned up nicely. Certainly has the look of quality – note that the important movement parts are numbered. A picture of the pendulum mount might help the more knowledgeable identify the maker.

Are there indications that there were originally finials or any other elements on the top and bottom of the case? I’m not sure it needs either.

Michael
 

JTD

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I don’t read German and would like it translated for me.
The writing on your clock says:

2. Juli 1888, Steglitz. Hochzeitsgeschenk von meinem Chef J. C. Schaarwächter (+). k.u.k. Hof-Photograph, Berlin.

2nd Juli 1888, Steglitz. Wedding present from my boss, J. C. Schaarwächter, (+) court photographer, Berlin.


Steglitz is a district of Berlin, presumably where the wedding took place. The (+) indicates that Schaarwächter had died.

Julius Cornelius Schaarwächter was a very eminent photographer in Berlin, with his studio right opposite the Reichstag building. He was born on 14th July 1847 and died 14. October 1904.

Hope this helps.

JTD
 
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The writing on your clock says:

2. Juli 1888, Steglitz. Hochzeitsgeschenk von meinem Chef J. C. Schaarwächter (+). k.u.k. Hof-Photograph, Berlin.

2nd Juli 1888, Steglitz. Wedding present from my boss, J. C. Schaarwächter, (+) court photographer, Berlin.


Steglitz is a district of Berlin, presumably where the wedding took place. The (+) indicates that Schaarwächter had died.

Julius Cornelius Schaarwächter was a very eminent photographer in Berlin, with his studio right opposite the Reichstag building. He was born on 14th July 1847 and died 14. October 1904.

Hope this helps.

JTD
I can confirm what JTD said. k.u.k. stands for "koeniglich und kaiserlich" meaning belonging to the king and emperor.

Uhralt
 
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JTD

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I can confirm what JTD said. k.u.k. stands for "koeniglich und kaiserlich" meaning belonging to the king and emperor.

Uhralt
Indeed it does, but I didn't want to confuse with too much detail, so left it just as 'court'. Perhaps I shouldn't have.

JTD
 

TimWK

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To everybody who responded Thank You.
To Micam100, yes there are holes in the top & bottom where finials were present. I agree that it looks good as is and I will probably not replace them unless someone has a picture of what was there. When I took the movement apart, I noticed that all the parts were marked the same.
To Uhralt & JTD, What exactly does "koeniglich und kaiserlich" meaning belonging to the king and emperor actually mean?
Per Micam100's request I'm attaching pictures of the pendulum mount.

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To Uhralt & JTD, What exactly does "koeniglich und kaiserlich" meaning belonging to the king and emperor actually mean?
It simply means that Schaarwächter was a court photographer (to the royal and imperial court). It makes for a clumsy translation and doesn't really add anything to 'court', because of course the court was the 'royal and imperial' court. That was why I left out k.u.k in my translation, but it seems by the angst it has caused that I shouldn't have. My apologies.

If you look on line you will see that Schaarwächter took photos of all sorts of princesses and other minor royals.

Hope this clarifies it for you.

JTD
 

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Some time ago I wrote about a clock manufacturer, which we call PraBorussia. Although more and more it proves that this is Fortuna Freiburg.

https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/want-t...weight-driven-wall-clock.150613/#post-1476934


The translation of the inscription on the back provided by JTD fits very well with the outline of the history of Fortuna Freiburg being discovered. It ceased operation in 1888. The highest mechanism number I have ever seen exceeds just over 45 xxx. This one is a tad earlier. It could have been created at the beginning of 1888. Very valuable material for dating this manufacturer. Thanks a lot.
 

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